Janakabi- Keshari Dharma Raj Thapa passed away at his residence in Swayambhu on Tuesday morning.
92-year old Thapa was suffering from hypertension and paralysis for a long time.
He was born in 1924 at Batulechaur of Pokhara.
Thapa had received title ‘Janakabi-Keshari’ from late king Mahendra in 1956.
His famous songs include — Prajatantra ko kaphal paakyo, hariyo daanda mathi (ho ho maley ho ho), hamro tensing sherpa le, aaja madal bajeko kina, dhuru dhuru narou aama, among others.
The Madan Prize Guthi had awarded Dharma Raj Thapa’s work ‘Malati Mangale’ with the Madan Prize for literature in 1968, and the Jagadamba Shree award in 1999.
He had recorded more than a hundred songs, while 29 of his works have been published.
Thapa was jailed for 30 days for supporting Dr KI Singh’s revolt, after which he traveled to various parts of India — Dehradun, Assam, Darjeeling, Sikkim, performing his folk songs.
Thapa’s body will be kept at Nepal Academy for the general public to pay their last respects before being taken to Pashupati Aryaghat for the final rites.
The Janakabi-Keshari is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.